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A Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Sprinter bus leaves Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Bus rapid transit is common in Latin America and Asia, but hasn't caught on as quickly in the United States. (Todd Sumlin/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

When the news about the pipeline hack went national, it sent Americans in a frenzy. There were long lines at the gas station over 60% of gas station in the Queen City was out of gas at some point.

Of course, that is scary when you need to get to work and go about your day to day to find you may not be able to do that because of a gas shortage. Well, CATS stepped in and offered free rides for essential workers.

The pipeline is now back to normal and gas is flowing throughout the United States. There were reports that the hackers were paid upwards of $5 Million to release control over the mainframe computer. Either way, whatever was done to resolve the issue, it’s been done and now the free rides are over. CATS wanted to make sure passengers know ticket collection has resumed. If this applies to you, please plan accordingly and get your tickets.